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The feast of the Epiphany, or Manifestation of Our Lord.
« on: January 06, 2019, 01:24:16 AM »
January 06

_Feast_ 🌟 🌟🌟
*THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD*

Epiphany in Greekἐ(πιφάνεια) *epiphaneia*, meaning _*"manifestation"*_, and today Holy Mother Church celebrates the visit of the *3 Kings*:

*Caspar*, *Balthasser* & *Melchior*, who came to adore the Child Jesus at Bethlehem, after a miraculous star revealed His birth to these 3 kings of the East. Thus was fulfilled the prophecy that *_"a star would arise from Jacob"_*. _(Numbers 24:17)_

It was understood by these 3 Wise Kings that this star was announcing the Saviour-King, destined to be born of the Jews. Hence they brought to our Lord, the gifts of *Gold, Frankincense* & *Myrrh*.
_( Matt. 2, 1-12)_

*Gold*, because Jesus was King of Kings.
*Frankincense*, because Jesus was God.
*Myrrh*, because Jesus was to die on the Cross to save Mankind.

*The Second manifestation* which the Church celebrates is on the feast of the Baptism of our Lord on the octave of Epiphany, _(that is on the 8th day  - *13 January*)_ when the divinity of our Lord was made manifest to the world, when He came forth from the waters of the Jordan after having received Baptism from the hands of Saint John, and the Holy Ghost descended on Him in the visible form of a dove. A voice from heaven was heard, saying: _*"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."*_

*The third manifestation* which the Church's liturgy recalls to us is that of the divine power of Jesus when, at the marriage-feast of Cana, by the first of His miracles He changed water into wine. And at the sight of this prodigy His disciples believed in His Divinity.

See also: "Note that some write the first Wise Man's name as "Gaspar," "Kasper," or "Jaspar," so the initials would be "G+M+B" or "K+M+B" or "J+M+B." In any case, these initials over our doorway serve to remind us of Who the Magi saw and how they saw Him. They remind us to adore Him as they did. The chalk markings remain over the door 'til Pentecost.

It is a popular custom among some people that all who enter or re-enter their home for the first time after the blessing should step with their right foot across the threshold so as to start things off "on the right foot."

It is customary in some religious orders to choose a new patron Saint today for the coming year. Families can do this, too, choosing a new Saint by designating someone (e.g., father or mother, etc.) to select the new Patron, by determing by lots who will select the new patron, by having family members write down their choices and choosing at random, by allowing the person to choose who presents the best argument for a particular Patron, etc. It would be very beneficial if the person who chooses teaches the rest of the family about that particular Patron, perhaps looking up the Saint in Butler's works, finding art work depicting the Saint, etc., and sharing it." https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas8.html
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Re: The feast of the Epiphany, or Manifestation of Our Lord.
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 02:22:20 AM »
January 06

_Feast_ 🌟 🌟🌟
*THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD*

Epiphany in Greekἐ(πιφάνεια) *epiphaneia*, meaning _*"manifestation"*_, and today Holy Mother Church celebrates the visit of the *3 Kings*:

*Caspar*, *Balthasser* & *Melchior*, who came to adore the Child Jesus at Bethlehem, after a miraculous star revealed His birth to these 3 kings of the East. Thus was fulfilled the prophecy that *_"a star would arise from Jacob"_*. _(Numbers 24:17)_

It was understood by these 3 Wise Kings that this star was announcing the Saviour-King, destined to be born of the Jews. Hence they brought to our Lord, the gifts of *Gold, Frankincense* & *Myrrh*.
_( Matt. 2, 1-12)_

*Gold*, because Jesus was King of Kings.
*Frankincense*, because Jesus was God.
*Myrrh*, because Jesus was to die on the Cross to save Mankind.

*The Second manifestation* which the Church celebrates is on the feast of the Baptism of our Lord on the octave of Epiphany, _(that is on the 8th day  - *13 January*)_ when the divinity of our Lord was made manifest to the world, when He came forth from the waters of the Jordan after having received Baptism from the hands of Saint John, and the Holy Ghost descended on Him in the visible form of a dove. A voice from heaven was heard, saying: _*"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."*_

*The third manifestation* which the Church's liturgy recalls to us is that of the divine power of Jesus when, at the marriage-feast of Cana, by the first of His miracles He changed water into wine. And at the sight of this prodigy His disciples believed in His Divinity.

See also: "Note that some write the first Wise Man's name as "Gaspar," "Kasper," or "Jaspar," so the initials would be "G+M+B" or "K+M+B" or "J+M+B." In any case, these initials over our doorway serve to remind us of Who the Magi saw and how they saw Him. They remind us to adore Him as they did. The chalk markings remain over the door 'til Pentecost.

It is a popular custom among some people that all who enter or re-enter their home for the first time after the blessing should step with their right foot across the threshold so as to start things off "on the right foot."

It is customary in some religious orders to choose a new patron Saint today for the coming year. Families can do this, too, choosing a new Saint by designating someone (e.g., father or mother, etc.) to select the new Patron, by determing by lots who will select the new patron, by having family members write down their choices and choosing at random, by allowing the person to choose who presents the best argument for a particular Patron, etc. It would be very beneficial if the person who chooses teaches the rest of the family about that particular Patron, perhaps looking up the Saint in Butler's works, finding art work depicting the Saint, etc., and sharing it." https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas8.html


Have A Blessed Epiphany of Our Lord, Xavier! May God Bless you! :pray2: :pray3:

Thank you for all of your wonderful posts  :thumbsup:
 
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